Shane Bell, a junior shooting guard letterman for Fort Bend Elkins and Basketball University 16 U starter in the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union), was a scoring machine at the North Coast Blue Chips Juneteenth Shootout in Texas City.
Bell’s most notable game was in the semifinal win against Coast 2 Coast, where he finished only two quarters with 28 points. The physical, 6-foot-1 guard was a standout in the paint, speeding by and overpowering his opponent inside.
The Defender spoke with Bell after the Juneteenth tournament to discuss his style of play, his scoring and skills he has worked on this summer.
Defender: How would you describe your style of play as a shooting guard?
Bell:I’m a slasher but I make open shots, free throws and I think I can score at will.
Defender: How you were able to score 28 points in only two quarters of basketball?
Bell:I saw the way the refs were calling the game. They were calling [fouls] both ways so I had to be aggressive to push through and do what I can do to try to help my team to win.
Defender: What is the difference in your approach in an AAU season versus school ball?
Bell:In high school I try to do more as a team member while in AAU I play more myself which helps me sharpen my tools to get ready to make a state run next year.
What are some of the skills have you been working on in particular this offseason?
Bell:My ball handling but at the same time I try to sharpen my tools every day because I’m only 15 going on 16 so I’m just trying to get better.
Defender: After Elkins made a deep run in the playoffs last year, how do you plan to carry the baton going into your junior season knowing you will see more playing time?
Bell:I plan on working hard every day because with coach Albert Thomas that is all we do – get in the gym, focus on defense and try to get better every day.
NBA player he studies: Kawhi Leonard
Favorite musical artist: NBA YoungBoy
Favorite food: Hamburgers
Shout-outs: His mom, Elkins High School basketball, Basketball University